Cane w/ Carved Leaves

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Project by knottysticks posted 02-09-2010 04:04 AM 2429 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hand carved the leaves onto this cane while on a camping trip up north. I try to use found wood in my canes and walking sticks. With any luck the wood has been dead for some time, saving me the trouble of having to wait around for the wood to dry. This was a back alley find [some of the best wood is found here] , someone trimed up a old Manitoba Maple and left this to rot. I cut this out of a main branch. The hole in the handle was caused by rot and insect damage which I cleaned up. As I understand it, Manitoba Maple is not a Maple tree but settlers on the prairie’s mistook it’s simliar leaves and seeds for that of a Maple, it is really Box Ellder, used years ago to build cheap fruit boxes. The wood is soft and easy to carve but maybe not the strongest for making canes. I do my best to work with, and enhance the shapes nature provides so I have a lot of branches sitting around the garage, waiting until I can figure just what exactly I will do with each piece. Thankfully I have a patient wife.

Wood – Box Elder [Manitoba Maple]
Leather hanging strap w/ Jack Pine Cone
Brass tipped bottom
Finish- Danish Oil

Thanks for your interest.

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#1 posted 02-09-2010 04:48 AM

Very nice cane. Well done.

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#2 posted 02-09-2010 04:54 AM

This is a really great cane. My son loves walking sticks, he would die over this one.

-- Tim, Tallahasse FL

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#3 posted 02-09-2010 05:23 AM

Cool cane

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#4 posted 02-09-2010 01:39 PM

Nicely done. Nature offers some great natural projects for us to finish.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 02-09-2010 11:45 PM

Very nicely done. It has an elegant natural curve and the style of carving is a nice accent. I really like this piece. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

May I suggest you move your camera back a few inches so the object is in focus.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 02-10-2010 05:44 AM

Thanks mmh , what I really need is a new camera , maybe one of these days.

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#7 posted 02-10-2010 06:27 PM

walking canes are hard to photograph, you did great.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#8 posted 02-10-2010 10:27 PM

Thanks Mark , after reflection I think allowing the cane to stand against the wall wasn’t the smartest move. Being close to the wall allows the auto focus on the camera to measure to the wall and not the cane.

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#9 posted 02-11-2010 01:07 AM

That’s very cool!

Great piece to start with, then you really made it cool!

Welcome aboard, great seeing your work….............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 03-19-2010 12:20 PM

Love the leaves and the detail.
Great cane as usual.

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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